Monday, March 12, 2012

Meet the Muehleisens

We are John and Beth Muehleisen and have been living in Uganda since June 2008. Prior to that time, we were part of the team of missionaries in Kenya.

Our missionary career began with World Gospel Mission in 1985 with our first term in Kenya beginning in January 1987 when our daughters, Faith and Holly, were 2 and 4-years-old. When we first started out, we looked to the older missionaries for advice and wisdom and wondered how they had stayed faithful to missionary service over the years. 

We have come to realize, though, that God is faithful and always keeps His promises—in ministry as well as in our personal lives. Whether we have been involved in pastoral ministry, coaching church planters, discipling young people, or in raising our daughters, He has always been right beside us.
Today as we serve here in Uganda, we find ourselves still involved in leadership development and discipleship ministries among university students at United Faith Chapel. It’s always so satisfying to see the way young people desire to grow in their relationships with God. 

We have also become very involved as facilitators in a ministry called Community Health Evangelism (CHE). Since 2009 we have helped train around 70 people, mostly from rural communities around Uganda, who can go back into their villages and teach others practical lessons that help them live better spiritually and physically. It’s also a ministry that helps the Ugandans see that they can do some things for themselves and don’t have to wait for outsiders to come in and do things for them. As we hear their stories when we gather for training, we know that God is up to something big.

Another ministry that is very near and dear to our hearts is a growing missionary movement  among Africans. Right now, we are working alongside our Kenyan colleagues in Kenya to see a missionary training center built. Our dream is to see 1000 African missionaries fanning out across Africa and to the nations beyond with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. 

Yes, we have been missionaries now for 27 years, but the passion and call that God placed in our hearts years ago has never changed. God gave us a promise in Psalm 2:8. “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” We ask that you join us in believing prayer for the fulfillment of God’s Word.

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